How to Make Crispy Baked Tofu
Tofu is great source of protein for vegans (and everyone else). It’s an affordable protein and can be found in different varieties: Soft Tofu / Silken Tofu, Firm Tofu or Extra Firm Tofu. I prefer to use the firm/extra firm for stir fry tofu with vegetables and soft tofu for smoothies, Chinese hot-pot recipes, Asian soups and vegan desserts. This crispy baked tofu recipe is so easy to make and much healthier that any deep-fried tofu recipes. It's so quick to make, the result is also amazing, soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
On my lazy days, I often bake tofu with salt and pepper, then use my favorite Asian sweet chile sauce as a dipping sauce. Today I am going to show you how I use baked tofu as the main protein ingredient for my salad, which great for lunch or dinner. This salad also features my favorite Asian Peanut Butter Sauce (Thai Salad Dressing) , also healthy and a good source of protein. Learn how to make crispy baked tofu without a ton of greasy oil and great flavor that the whole family will love! This baked tofu is the perfect addition to your salad or as your quick snack food that high in protein.
Crispy Baked Tofu Salad with Thai Salad Dressing
- To make Crispy Baked Tofu:
- 14 oz Extra Firm Tofu
- 1 - 1 ½ teaspoons Salt, or more according to your liking
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Black Pepper to taste
- Thai Salad Dressing/ Peanut Butter Dressing
- For Salad :
- Bag of mixed shredded broccoli and carrots, you can find this pre-packed at most stores
- ½ fresh lime, juiced
- leaves Fresh mint
- Remove the tofu from its packaging and pat dry with paper towels
- Weigh the tofu down with the bottom part of a clean frying pan (use paper towel in-between if needed)
- Leave the pan weighing down on tofu for at least 15 minutes, until almost all the liquid is drained from the tofu
- Cut the tofu into pieces (I made small cubes this time)
- Sprinkle tofu with salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 400F
- Arrange the tofu on the baking sheet, lightly spray tofu on all sides with cooking spray. Be sure to leave enough space between tofu cubes and bake for about 7-10 minutes. Flip the tofu and keeping baking until the outside is golden and looks crispy, for about 7-10 more minutes
- Check on the tofu and do not over bake as it will then be chewier and harder.
- To make Salad:
- Arrange the shredded broccoli and carrots in a salad bowl
- Add fresh lime juice
- Add Crispy Baked Tofu
- Add some fresh mint
- Drizzle with homemade Thai Salad Dressing / Peanut Butter Dressing
That is one thing I have never tried - Tofu. Would love to give it a try and see if I like it. This would be a great dish to try it out with. Looks and sounds just delicious!
I am not sure if I have ever had Tofu to be totally honest with you so all of this is new to me. I didn't even know it was a sources of protein! This looks like it would be delicious so I am going to add it to our must try list.
That looks so delicious! Not a big tofu fan but I'd so eat that! Great recipe I'll have to try it one day! Thanks!
Terri Ramsey Beavers
I can't say that I've ever tried tofu before but I'll have to change that. I'd love to try it in your salad recipe soon.
Nicole Haas Etolen
I've never tired it but I'm pretty sure that it's delicious and I love trying new foods.
This looks like a great baked tofu with thai salad dressing. I have never tried Tofu before so this would be a great recipe to try it in for sure. The dressing I would actually have to change for myself because I don't like vinegar. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I have never actually had tofu. However I have 2 vegetarian sisters-in-law so this would be great for their next visit!
I used to eat tofu a lot when I was in college but I can't say that I've made it this way before. Sounds good!
I'm not a fan of tofu, but the thai salad dressing sounds really good.